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By Nick Stone

“One of the brightest new stars within the mystery genre.”
Chicago Sun-Times

 

Nick Stone’s first novel, Mr. Clarinet, took the crime fiction global through storm—winning enthusiastic raves (“Exquisite” —South Florida Sun-Sentinel; “A spellbinding mystery of the top order” —Chicago Tribune) in addition to a Macavity and a CWA Ian Fleming metal Dagger Award. In The King of Swords, Stone brings again Detective Max Mingus in a chilling and enthralling “prequel” that mixes homicide, police corruption, and voodoo black magic. The King of Swords blazes with Miami heat—and it earns Nick Stone an everlasting spot within the winner’s circle along the masters James Ellroy, Dennis Lehane, James Lee Burke, Walter Mosley…and Stephen King.

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Because the prior September, he'd been in Atlanta, attempting to trap the killer who'd to this point claimed the lives of twenty black kids. 'He known as me up for a few intel on these Aryan Brotherhood pricks we took down in '79. ' 'Lund and Wydell? ' 'Remember the uncle, Dennis Kreis? Jack thinks Kreis may need whatever to do with Atlanta or at the least understand the button guy. He sought after copies of our documents on Kreis. So I traded up for a few Fed intel on Boukman. ' 'That's a few intel. ' Max glanced over on the block of paper cratering the sofa. 'There's at the very least 3 lifeless timber of bullshit there you recognize, the standard hearsay and conjecture stuff, the fellow changin' visual appeal, the man being' in 5 locations immediately, the man havin' tongues - yet somebody has safely IDed Boukman. ' 'As what? A blonde three-legged midget? ' Max laughed. 'No. 'Joe shook his head. 'There have been pictures. ' ' have been pictures . . . ? ' 'Yeah, they are gone,' Joe stated. 'What occurred used to be this: December the 5th final yr, the Feds arrested a nineteenyear-old Haitian referred to as Pierre-Jerome Matisse for sellin' coke to feat youngsters. they would had him below surveillance for 4 months. He was once gettin' his shit from Haiti. highest quality excessive 80s, low 90s. A Pan Am pilot was once bringin' it in for him, a kee at a time. The pilot was once workin' for the Feds. 'Once they get him in custody Pierre calls his dad in Haiti. Daddy is Legrand Matisse, a colonel within the Haitian military. Daddy has been importin' coke into Miami from Haiti for the earlier 3 years. Daddy calls his legal professional, the overdue Coleman Crabbe of Winesap, Mclntosh, Crabbe and Milton. ' 'Moyez's legal professional? ' Max requested as a chilly feeling handed into his abdominal. 'The exact same. 'Joe nodded. 'Up until eventually years in the past, the I'eds, the DEA and the Coastguard all proposal lots of the coke getting into Miami used to be gettin' in through the Colombians go-fast boats and lightweight plane. it really is, yet that ain't the most direction. many of the shit we've got been gettin' this is comin' in from Haiti. 'They already had intel that Solomon Boukman was once a participant within the Haitian drug connection, merely it wasn't until eventually Matisse that they learned the importance of what the man is de facto doin'. I suggest, he's the Haitian connection. 'The Feds initially proposal Boukman used to be a hyperlink within the chain simply one other small fish workin' for the Colombians, or perhaps workin' with the Cubans. yet Boukman ain't simply collectin' from aspect A and deliverin' to indicate B. they have now confirmed that the motherfucker buys from the Colombians direct, flies it over to Haiti and from Haiti to right here. Then he sells and distributes. I suggest, all he must do now could be locate a few position to develop coca leaves and he will be a one-man undefined. ' 'How did they be aware of all this? ' 'Colonel Matisse. He was once workin' for Boukman. in keeping with the document, part the Haitian officer corps are. Matisse was once in control of the pick-up from Colombia to Haiti and the HaitiMiami drop-off. ' Joe wiped his sweaty forehead along with his hand. 'Matisse minimize a care for the Feds.

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